\ ˈdint How to pronounce dint (audio) \

Definition of dint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : blow, stroke
2 : force, power
by dint of
: by force of : because of succeeded by dint of hard work


dinted; dinting; dints

Definition of dint (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a dent in
2 : to impress or drive in with force

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Examples of dint in a Sentence


left a small dint in the car's fender

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And by dint of their business models, those companies are relatively insulated because drivers pay their own way, fuel and all. Eric Newcomer, latimes.com, "Why Silicon Valley doesn't mind rising gas prices," 6 July 2018 By dint of hard work and proximity to the White House decision-making process, his power would come to surpass that of most cabinet members. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 Best Road-Trip Writing There are piles of American road-trip books, and plenty of them don’t hold up well (ahem, On the Road), mostly by dint of their selfishness. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "The 8 Best Travel Books of All Time," 23 June 2018 Right now, by dint of being in the EU customs union and single market, the level of friction trucks experience when traveling through the port is minimal. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 Whether by luck or dint of his outsize persona, the cards always seem to go Donald Trump’s way. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, "From ‘The Apprentice’ to ‘The Impeachment’," 10 May 2018 President Donald Trump carried Missouri by 19 points in 2016 and McCaskill has fashioned herself as a moderate populist in the state but is considered vulnerable by dint of her party affiliation. NBC News, "Data privacy issues may be coming to a campaign near you," 19 May 2018 Channing and whoever dint do nothing for me but THIS?!?!? refinery29.com, "Why Fans Are Freaking Out Over Jhene Aiko's Latest Tattoo Post," 3 May 2018 In George Lucas’s universe, Novogratz would presumably play the role of resident Yoda by dint of age and stature. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "A Sidelined Wall Street Legend Bets on Bitcoin," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dint


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dint


Middle English, from Old English dynt; akin to Old Norse dyntr noise

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The first known use of dint was before the 12th century

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Kids Definition of dint

: the force or power of something used in the phrase by dint of They succeeded by dint of hard work.

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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